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The term avatar refers to many different things in both game mechanics and Warcraft lore.

Avatar spells and abilities

  • Ability racial avatar.png
    In Warcraft III, Avatar was the name of an ability for the Mountain King hero that temporarily turned him to stone.
Activate Avatar to temporarily give the Mountain King 5 bonus armor, 500 bonus hit points, 20 bonus damage and spell immunity.
By focusing the energies of the dwarves’ “newly discovered enchanted heritage”, the mountain kings can grow in size and strength – and take on the physical characteristics of carved stone. In this form, they are impervious to magical attacks and have greatly increased durability.[1]
Increases the Physical damage dealt by the caster by 50% and enhances their armor by 50% for 15 sec.
  • In the Warcraft RPG, Avatar is a spell used by powerful sorcerers, wizards,[2] mages, and priests of any race,[3] as well as a dwarven mountain king ability.[4]
Upon casting this spell, a mage or priest becomes a fighting avatar of his ideals. The caster screams a war cry as he grows in size and strength. His flesh hardens.[5] His skin, clothing and all his possessions become a dimly luminous silver-gray. His mindset changes so that he relishes combat. He loses his spellcasting ability, including his ability to use spell activation or spell completion magic items, just as if the spells were no longer on his class list. He gains enhancement bonuses to Strength, Stamina, and Agility. His armor increases, and so does his spell resistance. He becomes proficient with all simple and martial weapons. He doubles in height and increase in weight.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag and a priest becomes a mean, grey-sheened fighting machine.[6] A mountain king is able to use avatar as a "spell-like ability".[7]
Note: The mountain king's avatar ability is seperate from the mountain king's stoneflesh ability. The latter ability is learned later.[8]

Other avatars

  • WC3RoC logo 16x32.pngThe RPG Icon 16x36.png Avatar of Vengeance
  • WoW Icon 16x16.gif Combat Avatar of Hakkar in the Temple of Atal'Hakkar
  • WoW Icon 16x16.gif Combat Avatar of Soggoth in Darkshore[9]
  • WoW Icon 16x16.gif Combat Ice Avatar in Winterspring[9]
  • BC Combat Avatar of the Martyred in the Auchenai Crypts
  • BC Combat Avatar of Sathal in Netherstorm
  • BC Combat Avatar of Terokk in Shattrath City
  • BC Boss Akil'zon <Eagle Avatar> in Zul'Aman
  • BC Boss Halazzi <Lynx Avatar> in Zul'Aman
  • BC Boss Jan'alai <Dragonhawk Avatar> in Zul'Aman
  • BC Boss Nalorakk <Bear Avatar> in Zul'Aman
  • Wrath Neutral Avatar of Freya in Sholazar Basin
  • The RPG Icon 16x36.png Avatar of Sargeras
  • The RPG Icon 16x36.png Avatar of the Ancients[10]
  • The RPG Icon 16x36.png Bone crusher - "the living avatars of Nath"[11]
  • The RPG Icon 16x36.png Dwarven avatar - prestige class from Alliance & Horde Compendium.
  • The RPG Icon 16x36.png Pandaren transcendent - spiritual avatars of the pandaren race.[12]

Other definitions

In the context of a MMORPG, avatar has come to mean an iconic representation of a user, especially with chat or forum interfaces. In World of Warcraft, it is the visual representation of your character.

Character or player avatars

Also called a character image by Blizzard, character or player avatars are 2D or 3D rendered still versions of in-game player characters.

See the player avatars category for examples of custom generated images.


  1. Warcraft III manual, pg. 9
  2. Magic & Mayhem, pg. ??
  3. World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 280
  4. Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 57
  5. Magic & Mayhem, pg. ??
  6. World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. ??
  7. Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 57
  8. Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 57-58
  9. 9.0 9.1 Added in The Shattering Patch 4.0.3.
  10. Manual of Monsters, pg. 50
  11. Horde Player's Guide, pg. 58
  12. Dark Factions, pg. ??

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